Real Yields, Weaker USD and Safe Haven Appeal Drive XAU/USD Higher

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GOLD OUTLOOK

  • U.S. rates, dollar and geopolitics sustain gold.
  • $1850 in focus!
  • IG client sentiment: Mixed.

XAU/USD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

Gold is in a great space at the moment with almost all supporting markers favoring the yellow metal. U.S. 10-year TIPS (see graphic below) has plateaued giving added impetus to gold upside because of the reduced cost of holding gold – traditionally an inverse relationship.

U.S. 10-YEAR TIPS BREAKEVEN RATE

us 10-year TIPS

Source: Refinitiv

From the dollar perspective, we have seen a drop off in the USD frenzy of late due to a combination of factors including a more hawkish ECB, an overstretched dollar and an easing in the Chinese economy (COVID-19).

Finally, talks around an impending Russian oil embargo may come sooner than expected according to German Finance Minister Lindner who anticipates a concrete decision by the week’s end. While President Joe Biden’s address regarding intervention should China invade Taiwan has added to bullions safe haven allure.

On the economic calendar there are a few dollar influencing releases today including PMI’s and housing sales – look out for changes in interest rate markets! Later this evening , we look forward to Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s speech for guidance on the U.S. economy and the Fed’s outlook.

ECONOMIC CALENDAR

economic calendar

Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

GOLD PRICE DAILY CHART

xauusd daily chart

Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

Technically, gold price action has confirmed its place above the 1850.00 psychological level after yesterday’s daily candle close above this resistance zone. I would be hesitant to favor a long preference just yet, leaving today’s candle close that much more important. This close coincides with the 200-day SMA (grey), and a strong push higher could establish the indicator as support going forward.

Resistance levels:

  • 1900.00
  • 50-day EMA (blue)/100-day EMA (yellow)

Support levels:

  • 1850.00/200-day SMA
  • 1832.51 (23.6% Fibonacci)
  • 1800.00

IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: CAUTIOUS

IGCS shows retail traders are currently distinctly LONG on gold, with 86% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment however, due to recent changes in long and short positioning we arrive at a mixed disposition.

Contact and follow Warren on Twitter: @WVenketas





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